Friday, March 2, 2018


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Saturdays March 3rd- April 7th 11am-12:30 pm

Sharon Fit Belly Dance & Group Fitness Studio
29 Alden St, Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Welcome Naja to Sharon Fit Studio. For a six week ATS workshop and Choreography. With an extra 7th week for makeups! This routine will be performed in our annual showcase May 19th. This is for all levels even those with no ATS experience. Naja is Certified, General Skills (2009) and Teacher Training (2010), by Fat Chance Belly Dance® of San Francisco. 6 weeks $155. with option to take advantage of the 7th week for makeups. Registration has already started and space is limited. Come dance with us!! To post going click on each individual week.

Saturday March 3rd

Registrations are open!
Saturday, March 3rd 2018 will be our 3rd annual Spring Into Dance event, featuring:

> Saidi and Dabke workshops by Karim Nagi (3pm - 6pm)
$150 early bird price (before Jan 31)
($175 after Jan 31)

> A Gala Show where the first workshop participants to register will have a chance to perform (7pm - 8:30pm) 
$20 for guests
Free for workshop participants!

All at Shore Stars Dance Academy (SharqiDance headquarters) at 1985 Rt 34# 10, Wall NJ 07719

How to register:
1. PayPal your payment to (or email me asking for an alternative payment method)
2. Email me letting me know you paid, your best email and phone# for contact, and whether or not you will be performing
3. DONE!
Note: all payments are non-refundable!

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek, Riqq tambourine, Maqam & Taqsim, Drum Solo for Dance, and Arab Folk Dance. He is well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges. Additionally, Karim Nagi's Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in dozens of festivals in the United States, Asia, Europe and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.

Saturday March 3rd 3pm-6pm

Aszmara's Master Class - Zap! Pow! Pop! Wow!

Anahid Sofian Studio
29 W 15th St, New York, New York 10011

The rhythm, pulse and melody of music danced in different ways interpret your expression and create dynamic shadings that make certain moves "Pop" adding more power, passion and confidence into your dance. 

Anahid Sofian Studio
Must Pre-Register - $60 Registered one week prior - $65 at the Door
Registrations via or facebook Aszmara Sherry
Master Classes First Saturday of the Month

Aszmara takes you on our own internal dance journey so we can get deep within ourselves. 
A true artist does not imitate dance moves but becomes them and embodies the music

Thursday March 8th 5:15pm - 6:45pm

Every Friday

Sunday March 25th 3:45-10pm 

745 Bound Brook Road, Dunellen, New Jersey 08812

Come on out and join us for a night filled with fantastic belly dance - all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are: 
Audie OS
Delphi Dance Ensemble
The Gerudo Vagrants

$10 cover charge at the door for the show
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

Join us before the show for an amazing workshop taught by Audie - "Veiled Drama"
For details see our website:

4-5:30 pm

Stick around at the end of the night for live music jam and dancing - bring your drum, your oud, your guitar, or your dancing hips!

Don't forget to join our website and get details and updates directly to your inbox for our upcoming shows and workshops! Our site can be found here:

Starts Friday April 4th 6pm-7pm

7 week Improvisation Series with Farha

​Let yourself get swept away, and relax your mind, into the music and the moment. This class series will slowly build on each exercise, allowing you to see your improvement over the 7 weeks.

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 at Bellydance America
Does improvisation feel like you're jumping for a trapeze without a safety net? It doesn't have to! 

Improvisation is a skill that can be learned, by anyone! It is as different a skill from choreography as hip circles from chest bumps, and requires its own study. Farha's classes break down the sub-skills into digestible exercises, so you won't feel overwhelmed.

Improvisation is the soul of bellydance. Not only is it part of the native aesthetic, it allows a dancer to respond to his or her own feeling in the moment, to live music, and to interact with the audience. Even for dancers who prefer to perform choreography, improvisation is an essential skill for recovering from memory lapses, technical difficulties, or changes in your performance space (hello waiter with a flaming cheese tray!) and is useful for creating choreographies.
We'll be working on:
movement recall
creating contrast
avoiding over-dancing, and
staying in the music​

$22 drop in (cash or check at the door)
$105 for all 7 weeks paid in advance (paypal, check, or cash)

register at

Sunday April 15th 2pm-6pm

Spring Fling Bellydance Swap and Sell Bazaar
Hosted by Sonseeahray Sonsee
American Legion Post No 5; 581 Maple Ave, Rahway, NJ 07065

Have an excess of gently used bellydance costumes pieces, jewelry, accessories, CDs and props that you no longer have a need for? 

Are you a dancer who have limited funds and cannot afford brand new costumes, props, and/or accessories?

Well this is the swap and sell bazaar for you! 

THIS SWAP AND SELL BAZAAR IS NOT OPENED TO VENDORS! This even is intended for bellydancers who would like a space to swap and/sell their gently used goods to fellow dancers. 

6ft tables will be provided. 

Table prices are as follows:
1 table $30 until February 28th / $40 March 1st
2 tables $50 until February 28th / $60 March 1st

$2 Entrance fee for shoppers

For table rentals:
1. You can send payment via PayPal to Sonseeahray at (friends and family option)
2. Send email to me at notifying me of payment and number of tables you wish to rent

If you do not want to use PayPal, please contact me at and we will discuss alternatives.

Don't drive but still would like to come? The hall is a 10-15 minute walk from Rahway train station and walking distance from the bus stops. Go for more info on public transportation.

Saturday May 5th Sunday May 6th

Michelle Sorensen Long Island Intensive

 Michelle Sorensen is coming to play with us out on Long Island!! 

She is such a multi-faceted artist and I personally find her to be an awesome blend of cabaret and fusion concepts, which is what this weekend will be all about…but more on that when I post the topics (which I cannot stop squealing about and are not just bellydance!) 

If you have not seen her work please check out these two videos:

Location info: Normas School of Dance Bethpage, Long Island

Sat 5/5:

1:00pm - 3:00pm
“Press Pause: The Art of Silence”

Emily Dickinson said, “Saying nothing…sometimes says the most.” How often do we take opportunities for stillness in our dance? This workshop will focus on the breath between the “words” of our movement. We will learn a few unique combinations and then challenge our brains (and bodies) by adding silence and pause in different places throughout the combo, creating a sort of “musical chairs” game with dance!

3:30pm - 5:30pm
“Belly Work & Backbends” (SOLD OUT, PM for Waitlist)
Wanting to increase flexibility in your spine? Having a hard time making belly work smoooooth? If so, this class is for you! The focus in this workshop will be on conditioning the core, and learning to make those muscles work together seamlessly to create fluidity and dexterity in stomach isolations. We will then stretch those muscles out with a long focus on back flexibility based on contortion style training. Come prepared to work hard and sweat!

Sunday 5/6 -

11:00am -1:00 pm

“Creature Calisthenics”
Learn creative combos inspired by mythical and fairy tale creatures (think mermaids,monsters etc) complete with appropriate music for each! Use all or part of each combo to create a dance that is truly unique! We will also discuss how to tastefully convey “characters” without being melodramatic or overly literal.

2:00 - 4:00
“Kotch It If You Can”
Come twerk it with me! In this workshop you will learn a fast-paced Jamaican Dancehall inspired fusion choreography. We’ll be moving and sweating a LOT, so dress comfortably!

Who is Michelle?

Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Michelle Sorensen is a professional Belly Dancer with nearly a decade of dedicated dance training. She began her studies under the direction of Kismet School of Dance (American), Kashmir Dance Company (ATS & Tribal Fusion), Trisha Mcbride (Tribal Fusion and Experimental) and more recently Rachel Brice (8 elements Phases 1 &2, Initiation and Cultivation Certified) and Stephanie Buranek (Cabaret/Egyptian). She has also sought continued instruction through workshops and other events from some of the most innovative dancers in and out of the belly dance scene.

Along with bellydance, she has discovered a love for the Aerial Arts, Exotic Dance, Contemporary Dance and Dancehall/Twerk. “Cross-training” in these genres of dance has helped her with stamina, strength, flexibility and finding her own artistic voice. Her life is also occupied with being a mother of 2 sweet little girls who are a constant inspiration to push boundaries and a reminder to explore!

Saturday May 5th Sunday May 6th

Sword Dance Intensive with Sabine

 Hosted by The Dance Space

Green Street Studios
185 Green St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
10-hour Sword Intensive with Sabine

- 5 sword dance workshops to choose
- From beginner to advanced
- Including a double sword dance workshop!

Register at:

Saturday, May 5
10:00-12:00 Belly and the Blade 
1:00-3:00 Drop Dead Sword Dancing

Sunday, May 6
10:00-12:00 The Curve of the Scimitar
1:00-3:00 Not Your Average Sword Dance
3:30-5:30 Forays into Double Sword Dance

Workshop Descriptions:
“BELLY and the BLADE”
Belly dancing and sword dance go hand-in-blade! We’ll work with the sword to frame and enhance belly dance movements, layer belly and core moves with balancing, shimmy with it, travel with it and more. Suitable for beginners to advanced dancers: we’ll start slow, with optional layers for advanced dancers, and build to a beautiful crescendo!
All levels welcome.

Move beyond just head balancing! Intermediate single sword presentation including thigh and hip balance, arm & hand balance, flips and grabs, and sword manipulations like “tornado” and “scoop doubleback” to make for a sword dance that’s anything but routine.
Some previous sword recommended (such as "Belly and the Blade").

“THE CURVE of the SCIMITAR” (a.k.a, The Sword is Not a Hat)What do you do with the sword when you are not balancing it on your head? In belly dance, the arched blade of the scimitar echoes the curves of the body and the rounded movements of the hips. This workshop focuses on using that curve to the max in sword manipulations, frames and shapes that we create with the sword before, after, and between balance points. Learn one-and two-handed manipulations, tricks for traveling with the sword, and creating beautiful shapes that make your dance stand out from the crowd.
All levels welcome.

Moves and cues for improvisational sword dance to fill your troupe sword dance with energy--and you can apply them to your solo sword performances as well. This class focuses on cued improvisational group sword dance, using multiple balance points, clean isolations, and Sabine's own Dangerous Group Sword moves, like "Red Sonya” "Kayak Switch" and “Raj Wave,” using lead-and-follow format for improv. Attendees should bring a sword and a cotton head wrap. No battle-ready swords, please. Some previous sword recommended (such as "Belly and the Blade").
You know how to work one sword, but what the heck do you do with two? Introduce a second sword into your performance and you will have the crowd in the palm of your hand! This workshop shows how to start a performance with one sword and then add a second sword (including ideas for how to even pick it up if you already have one balanced), then how to manipulate and balance a second sword using isolations, travelling movements, and even a little floorwork. Appropriate for intermediate and up dancers with some experience balancing a sword. Attendees should bring one or two swords (we’ll trade and share!), a head wrap, and kneepads. No battle-ready swords, please.
Prerequisite: The four workshops presented here. This will ensure a good grounding in combos to carry forward with the double sword instruction more readily.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Late Winter Warm Up

Sunday January 28th 1-4 pm

Tribal Sword Level 2 

with Melissa Wlodarczyk

Melissa is back at Dance Phillipsburg for Level 2! Take your sword dance to the next level. Material presented in this 3 hour workshop will include Level 2 vocabulary from the Tribal Bellies improv language. Dancers are not required to lead. This is simply an introduction to sword moves that can be used in future choreography. Review of Level 1 will also be covered. I hope you'll join me! Let's shake the winter chill away with some hot sword moves and good company!
Be sure to bring comfy dance clothes, your own sword, water, and a snack.

All students will receive a printout explaining the vocabulary as well as review videos.

Cost is $55
Cash, check, or PayPal accepted.
PayPal Melissa at

Dance Phillipsburg
474 S Main Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Sunday January 28th 6-9 pm

Bellydance Night at Roxy & Dukes

Friday February 2nd 7pm

Sunday February 3rd 2-3:30pm

Gorgeous Arms with Nyx Asteria

Kim will share the secrets of gorgeous beautiful arms. Learn sequence exercises that you can practice at home to improve your frames to enhance your isolations and add that polished look to your dance. $30.00

Sharon Fit Belly Dance & Group Fitness
29 Alden St.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Sunday February 3rd 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Aszmara’s Upcoming Events:

Veil Poetry Master Class
Dance to wordless music the poetry of your heart. 
Delight in the development of a dance, with the poetic images created.
Anahid Sofian Studio, 29 W. 15th St., NY, NY
Must Pre-Register - Workshop Limited to 15 Participants
$60 Pre-Registered one week prior to Master Class

$65 at the Door

January 7th -March 31st

New Cannan Historical Society

Orientalism in American Art and The Silvermine Art Colony

Souk El Attarine—Tunis by Frank T. Hutchens, 1926, Courtesy of the City of Canandaigua, NY and the
Ontario County Historical Society

The New Canaan Historical Society presents a new exhibit featuring American artists who traveled, painted and often lived for extended periods in this vast region from Morocco stretching across North Africa, Egypt, The Holy Lands, Persia to India.  In the 19th Century this mostly Islamic world became known as the “Orient,” and the European and American artists who began venturing into this land as early as 1840 were called “Orientalists.”  The show includes paintings and etchings by American artists, including those from the thriving Silvermine artist colony, as well as decorative objects, jewelry, textiles and furniture. This exhibit runs from January 7th — March 31st, 2018. This exhibit will feature the following events:
Zuhair Suidan, management consultant and former president of the New Canaan Men’s Club, will speak at The New Canaan Historical Society on January 28, 2018, at 2 pm. His talk, “Where To? A Perspective on the Arab World, will touch on the history of the Middle East, address recent political developmentsand implications for the futureLearn more
Thursday, February 1 from 6-7:15 pm at the Historical Society.  The event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 11 from 2-4:00 PM at the Historical Society.  
A class will be held from 2-3:00 PM at a cost of $10.
A performance by dancer and choreographer Tava follows from 3:15-4:00 PM.  Performance is free and open to the public. learn more
February 11th 2-4pm

13 Oenoke Ridge Road New Canaan, Connecticut 06840
The Lindstrom Room.

Saturday February 17th 12:30-2:30

Friday February 23rd 6:30-9pm

"Dabke & The Belly Dancer"
A Choreography Workshop with Kelvia!

Here is your chance to learn an exciting, show-stopping choreography with New England's Lebanese house dancer to a popular Arabic pop song! Don't be caught off guard.... know exactly what to do when the musicians switch gears in your set and start to play dabka! Learn tips and tricks to rock out with your audience to ensure the best PARTY TIME experience!!

Kelvia, founder and director of the Middle Eastern Dance Academy of CT in West Haven, is known for her captivating and energetic performances. Sign up to learn some of her Lebanese technique and leave with a fun new choreography to practice as well as new and exciting combinations to spice up your dance! Just last year Kelvia won second place in the Houston Oriental Bellydance Festival. In 2015, she flew to Egypt to train first hand and was able to study intensively & perform in Lebanon. She's beloved all over CT for her passionate approach to this art form. Don't miss this great chance to learn so much from this talented performer!

Registration info: $70 advance / $75 at the door
Submit payment to:

Spotlight Art, Dance & Wellness
45 S Main St.
Unionville, CT 06085

Saturday February 24th 7-10pm

Tribal Vortex

Mieluna Presents....
Tribal Vortex- A Tribal Bellydance Showcase

The darkness and freezing cold of winter will inspire our featured dancers in this one-of-a-kind showcase. Come and be mesmerized by the darker side of tribal bellydance in a unique event space hosted by Stone and Key Cellars. 

Our headliners for the evening will be The Lunachix! This dynamic tribal fusion troupe from Oneonta, NY has appeared in many shows and festivals throughout the east coast including Art of the Belly, East Coast Classic, Raven's Night, and Tribal Momentum. Their director, Jo Boring, will also be offering 4 workshops throughout the weekend in the HotPot ITS style at the Tribal Bellies Studio!
More information can be found here:

Ticket pricing:
$15 at the door. Ticket includes a $5 voucher for the bar. Enjoy Stone and Key Cellar's wide selection of wine, cider, mead, and craft beer.

Stone & Key Cellars
435 Doylestown Rd.
Montgomeryville, PA 19446

March 22nd-23rd

We are proud to announce the 8th year of ”Art of the Belly” Belly Dance Festival in Ocean City, MD

4 days packed full of intensives, performances and workshops from dancers all around.

For your learning pleasure workshops have been announced along with Intensives by AMY SIGIL and JILLINA on Thursday, March 22, 2018

Feel free to join our group for the most up to date information on the event.

Art of the Belly 2018 will feature:

Amy Sigil
Michelle Sorensen
Abigail Keyes
Sherri Wheatley
Simon Sako
Courtney Duchardt
Rin Ajna
Heather Powers
Donna Eileen
Serena Spears
Toni Petroski
Zobeida Ghattas
Carmine Guida!!!

As always there will be prom style photos taken by the fabulous Stereo Vision photography and video footage of your performance by Candle Light Productions!!

The festival is held every year at:
Carousel Hotel
11700 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842

Sunday March 25th


Come on out and join us for a night filled with fantastic belly dance - all while you sit back and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink!

This month's performers are:
Audie OS
Sarah Jezebel Wood
Delphi Dance Ensemble

$10 cover charge at the door for the show
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

Join us before the show for an amazing workshop taught by Audie - "Veiled Drama"
For details see our website:

Stick around at the end of the night for live music jam and dancing - bring your drum, your oud, your guitar, or your dancing hips!

Don't forget to join our website and get details and updates directly to your inbox for our upcoming shows and workshops! Our site can be found here:

Sunday April 15th

Dancers donate their talents to create the highest caliber performance event in CT. Children sell tickets to this amazing event to raise money for their continued dance training! They use the money raised to hire dance professionals from NYC, CT and surrounding areas to teach them during their Kids Summer intensive weeklong. 

If you have attended any of our prior events, you already know that this is NOT an event you want to miss!! 


- Doors open promptly at 5:30pm for general admission
- Advance entry: 5:00pm for preferred seating
- We have the venue for an extended time to allow room for general dancing and interaction. The theater show will run quicker than past years, and will be directed by an MC.


Event Location is the beautiful venue:
Whitneyville Cultural COmmons
1247& 1253 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT
** This year we selected a location with a larger stage, and theater style seating! We are mixing things up and providing a FUN & INTERACTIVE theater show. **

Questions? Email:

Ticket Purchase:

April 21-22

Friday night - if coming in from out of
town, Check in let's
Ramp Up ROTK
2018 weekend together!

Saturday...........Workshops 10:30am -5pm

Saturday Eve....Third Annual
Competition and

Sunday..............workshops from 10:30-5pm

*****FULL PACKAGE Early Bird Special*****
Includes ***ALL weekend workshops and admission to Third Annual Competition and Gala***now through September 1st - only $299. Reserve your space today with as little as $50.00 down - balance must be paid in full by April 1st
***Payment Plans Accepted***

*****ONE DAY PACKAGE Early Bird Special*****
Includes 1 day of (Saturday OR Sunday) workshops + admission to Third Annual Competition and Gala - only $165.00
Reserve your space today with as little as $25.00 down - balance must be paid in full by April 1st
***Payment Plans Accepted***

*****Quality Instruction*****
*****Focused Attention*****
***An inspiring atmosphere ***
***A supportive Network***
***An intense training and performing
experience that will
take you to the next level!

Register today and dance your dreams to life!
Here's the link-